Face the city challenge: Urban Tech WorkLab calls for startups and innovators

Today Urban Tech WorkLab opens its call for a Pre-Acceleration
Program signed by LVenture Group and Regione Lazio with Lazio Innova in partnership
with Linkem, Sara Assicurazioni and Toyota and supported by Amazon Web Services,
Cariplo Factory and Cisco. “Face the city challenge” is the claim of the Program, which
target startups and talents and aims to incubate the most innovative solutions to make
cities more technological and human centered.  


URBAN TECH – All over the world, cities lead the economic, technological and cultural
growth, with half of global population already inhabiting large urban centers.
By 2025, the 60% of global GDP will be produced by solely 600 cities and we will benefit
from 200 million Connected Vehicles, 8.4 million Electric Vehicles and 20 billion Smart
Devices.
In order to meet this trend and inject positive change within our cities, this program will
incubate and validate those disruptive solutions that truly bring humans back on the core
of urban living, making urban spaces more interconnected, sustainable and efficient.


THE PROGRAM – Urban Tech WorkLab is an Open Innovation Program dedicated to
startups and corporates willing to face the challenges of urban living. The call opens 21
June and closes 27 August: individual talents willing to join a startup and teams can
apply at www.urbantech.lventuregroup.com.
Innovators can also pitch their projects during the “Pitch Crash Test” sessions in Rimini
(Web Marketing Festival, 22 June) and Milan (Campus Party, 24-27 July): two key
events for Italian Innovation.
After a shortlist of 20 participants to 10 and 11 September Bootcamps, 10 projects will be
selected to be validated during the Program, starting from September 2019 and lasting 3
months.
Synergically working with LVenture Group team and Corporate Sponsors, startups will
validate their project and develop an MVP (Minimum Viable Product), to be presented
during the Urban Tech Grand Finale on 17 December.

At the end of the Program, each Corporate Sponsor (Linkem, Sara Assicurazioni and
Toyota) will select one startup to develop the PoC in the following 4 months, with the
support of Cariplo Factory team.
The program will be officially launched on 2 July at LVenture Group & LUISS EnLabs
Hub.

BENEFITS – The 10 projects selected for Urban Tech WorkLab will receive a 2.500 euros
grant (equity free) and will benefit from the know-how mentors, managers and experts
from the Corporate teams.
Startups attending the program will also have access to the AWS Activate program from
Amazon Web Services. With the AWS Activate program, startups get access to the
resources they need to quickly get started on AWS – including credits, traning and
support. These AWS Activate credits will be of variable value according to the startups’
selection process evaluation:
a) all startups that will finalize the application and participate in an AWS webinar will
receive credits worth USD 500, valid for one year;
b) the twenty pre-selected startups for the two bootcamps in September will receive credits
for a value of 5,000 USD, valid for two years;
c) the ten startups that will be selected to participate in Urban Tech WorkLab will receive
credits worth USD 15,000 valid for two years or USD 100,000 valid for one year.
The three finalists selected by Linkem, Sara Assicurazioni and Toyota to create a PoC
with the support of Cariplo Factory will also receive an additional cash prize.


LOCATION – Selected startups will attend their workshops and checkpoints at the LVenture
Group and LUISS EnLabs Hub, in Rome (Termini Station) a vibrant ecosystem where
investors, business angels, entrepreneurs and corporates contaminate and evolve
together.


LVenture Group and its partners are launching this challenge to the most promising
startups and talents of Urban Tech to shape the cities of tomorrow: Face the city
challenge!